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Poster: Earl B. Powell Date: Jul 28, 2009 7:09am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Why Betty Boards?

Betty found her way into GDP after having some involvement with the house sound at the Carousel Ballroom. When Owsley went to jail in 1970 Betty and Bob Matthews stepped in to do sound for the band. Matthews did the front of house mixing and Betty was responsible for recording. She and Matthews also produced and recorded Workingman's.

All of this effort coincided with new developments in sound engineering coming from the Alembic offshoot that Owsley had set up and Betty appeared to have a good ear for recording mixes. After Workingman's Matthews and Betty did the Eurpoe 72 tour and set up a remote truck (ala the Rolling Stones) to record the tour. Apparently there was always going to be a record from that event, as the band went directly into Alembic studios after the tour to record overdubs and rework the vocals.

Off the track, but noteworthy is that Alembic was a huge money pit in terms of equipment expense. Bob Matthews and Ron Wickersham managed Alembic and was looking for a cash infusion, thought they had one with Tom Fogarty, but he backed out of the deal at the last moment. Sam Field, the guy that produced the Sunshine Daydream film, stepped in to become a shareholder.

At the end of 72 Matthews and Betty had a personal falling out, and Bob left for Alembic. Betty stayed on and recorded stereo boards from all the shows, and also did sound and recording for JGB. Betty also ran multi-track units for studio recordings such as Cat's Under The Stars.

Although I can find nothing to explain Betty recording two track tapes when there were 16 track tapes recorded at the same time, I would guess it's due to the redundant nature of live music production.

Bands almost always have two of everything available in case of failure. Garcia, Weir and Lesh had two pre-amps and two power amps available from the early 70's onward. Patch bays and alternative routing of signals was made available in case of channle failures on the boards. All these things are a direct result of Owsley's initial involvement in the sound equipment upgrades the Dead pioneered. As for recording equipment, DH Monte has provided a lot of insight into that evolution with Ampex and Nagra.

In the end, there have been comments made on the degradation of the sixteen track recordings from long term storage and other natural and man-made flaws. It turns out that in many cases the Betty Boards have survived in better condition and have been invaluable as both primary and secondary sources for digitizing and archiving the Grateful dead collection.

Here is the best site for source information, a kind of "Betty Discography." I could spend days there, then go in search of the Betty's floating around out there.

http://www.nii.net/~obie1/deadcd/betty_board_info.htm

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Poster: bbbrew Date: Jul 28, 2009 9:10am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Why Betty Boards?

Thanks much Earl. Very intresting. I love you folks here. I learn somthing new about the Grateful Dead and their scene all the time because of you folks. I came way late to the scene, so this is cool history for me. I once thought to myself that I was born 20 years too late. That lasted a minute till I realize I probly would have found myself face down in the red clay of southeast asia. Thanks for keeping this musical history goin.

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Jul 28, 2009 12:55pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Why Betty Boards?

Much thanx for the history lesson, Earl!

All i ever knew about the Betty Boards was "damn, those sound GREAT!"

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Poster: William Tell Date: Jul 28, 2009 1:28pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Why Betty Boards?

All I know is I like seeing her pictures even more...here's the other one we all like:



Attachment: BettyC.jpg

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Poster: fireeagle Date: Jul 29, 2009 4:36am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Why Betty Boards?

nice

aspirin size tits though

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Poster: bbbrew Date: Jul 28, 2009 5:08pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Why Betty Boards?

She is a cutie. I imagine a sweetheart too.

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Poster: Miss Divine Date: Jul 28, 2009 11:49pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Why Betty Boards?

Betty's a bit of a heroine of mine....

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Poster: bbbrew Date: Jul 29, 2009 9:08am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Why Betty Boards?

I can see why. I dont know much about her so I poked around the web the last couple days finding out what I could. Granted, it's just web stuff, not like I know her or anything butshe seems to have alot of heart and integrity. And, I get to enjoy her recordings, Id give her a big hug if I could.

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Poster: Styrofoam Cueball Date: Jul 28, 2009 9:03pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Why Betty Boards?

*wolf whistle* Betty is beautiful and has great ears too...

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Poster: light into ashes Date: Jul 28, 2009 11:43am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Why Betty Boards?

Although Betty has a very detailed interview in the Taping Compendium vol 2, there's no "why"....I just assume it was the same as Bear. He wanted a journal of every show to listen to afterwards....Bear was even more obsessive in that he'd record opening bands too. I think Bear's early recordings he kept himself, and it was only later (after the Vault was created) that his Dead tapes were transferred there. (The Dead discussed whether to add Betty's tapes to the Vault when she lost her home, but decided not to - hence, they were abandoned.)
So it would've been natural, once Bear left, for Betty to step in & keep the tapes rolling if that's what she wanted to do. As Tell says, she liked the music, wanted to hear the shows again, & wanted to check her own mixing, & it was OK with the band. The Dead were used to multiple recordings being made....I think Bear sometimes made both cassette & reel recordings of shows - as well, once he left, both Betty & Bob Matthews were recording (not at the same time, I think). Then after he came back, there was some dispute over who would get to mix & record, so I think they alternated... For instance, on Dick's Picks 25, Bear recorded the 5/10/78 show and Betty recorded the 5/11/78 show, in case you want to check out the mixing differences.
There must have been so many copies of a lot of shows floating around.... Betty mentions that in Europe '72, she was making 16-track for the band, 2-track for herself, and cassettes that she'd send to Bear!

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Poster: Earl B. Powell Date: Jul 28, 2009 12:29pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Why Betty Boards?

Good Points Lia, and I've read it so often, I fail to mention every time about Owsley's real desire to maintain archival materials. This and his quest for perfection in sound reproduction, including recording, are the heart and soul of the band's sound until Healy took the reins.

One more point, the two track recordings made by Betty weren't just cheese, she was recording to 7" reels probably on a Nagra machine - and these tapes, more often than the cassettes became the Bettys. In the beginning, tape speed was a horrible variable to deal with from machine to machine and ultimately a standard was set. Every one of Betty's two tracks were recorded at 7.5 ips and on quality machines. (not an answer as to why, but she wasn't just fucking around with amateur equipment.)

http://tinyurl.com/mrc8gx

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Poster: light into ashes Date: Jul 28, 2009 6:49pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Why Betty Boards?

Bear & Betty were the first Dead collectors - the first who wanted to tape every show so that they'd survive. We all follow in their footsteps.

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Poster: dead-head_Monte Date: Jul 28, 2009 12:59pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Why Betty Boards?

"Furman-Bob-Betty"
FurmanBobBetty.jpg

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Poster: bbbrew Date: Jul 28, 2009 5:10pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Why Betty Boards?

Isnt there something about lost Betty Boards? In a locker somewhere? Were those found, or even true?

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Poster: elbow1126 Date: Jul 28, 2009 6:08pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Why Betty Boards?

go back to the original post in the thread (from me) and click on the link in that post. That post has the whole story.

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Poster: elbow1126 Date: Jul 28, 2009 9:51am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Why Betty Boards?

Floating Betty's here:

http://www.archive.org/search.php?query=subject%3A%22Betty%20Cantor%22&;sort=-date

I think this picks up most of them.

Thanks for the history lesson. Your explanation is as good as any however it does not appear that anyone can point to a source where she explains why. In the end it doesn't really matter, I was just curious.